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OUT NOW – LATEST ISSUE! +++ RE-THINK! – How to reassess development, invention and communication in retail real estate. The real estate industry has been in a state of change for a few years now: increasing online retail, the move to multi-channel, changing logistics requirements, a strong emphasis on entertainment, a much higher level of diversity in retail, and last but not least, the big issue of ESG. “Re-think” – is the order of the day.

One crisis follows the next. While retailers faced nationwide lockdowns, restrictions based on testing, vaccination, or recovery, and already disrupted supply chains last year, the war in Ukraine is bringing the issue of “consumer pricing” to the forefront. Additionally, supply chain disruptions and record energy prices are leading to unseen inflation rates in many European countries for several decades.

In probably the most famous district of Venice, San Marco, a company has managed to expand in recent months and now operates five stores just minutes from each other: Giobagnara. Two of these stores are right next to St. Mark’s Church, another is located on St. Mark’s Square, not far from Caffè Florian (there is a meeting room on the second floor with a wonderful view of St. Mark’s Square); the fourth store can be found beside Harry’s Bar.

The pandemic has confirmed the resilience of Immofinanz’s low-cost retail formats and has resulted in the introduction of new concepts. Immofinanz Board Member Dietmar Reindl spoke with the publisher of ACROSS Magazine, Reinhard Winiwarter, about the resilience of retail relationships, the need for more service, and the company’s expansion plans.

Vienna’s Neubaugasse in the seventh district has developed well in recent years. It has once again become a shopping street with many specialty stores and places to sit and linger. Strolling around here is fun again.

This time, our recurring online event, ACROSS Retail Talks, this time, took a close look at what food anchors mean for the profitability of a location’s success, how the collaboration between the involved stakeholders works, and why flexibility is not only the key learning from the pandemic, but also the key strategy for the future.

Many retail real estate companies are currently hesitant to promote their sustainability efforts. The fear of being accused of greenwashing if the location or company is not 100% sustainable outweighs the potential upside of leasing to green-minded tenants. Yet, there is a clear and simple strategy when it comes to marketing one’s sustainability efforts without fearing to be accused of greenwashing.

The search for regional products for small, innovative businesses is often time-consuming. How can local producers, start-ups, and small manufacturers bring their goods to customers as authentically as possible without taking on a lot of risk? Quite simple: They rent a “Fachl” for a limited period of time – a fruit crate measuring 50 cm × 40 cm × 30 cm.

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